I’m bipolar on this type of stuff. I love the dudes that take a pay cut to rock with a team who’s got a shot at a ring. The Dustin Pedroia’s of the world that don’t deal with free agency and get the contract signed. The Kevin Youkalis’ of this planet that start a god damn brewery after getting his rocks off in October baseball in Boston.
But me? Having an opportunity to sign anywhere for a massive contract? What would I do?
It really depends on the situation and the type of player I am. Am I a player that knows not getting a ring would haunt me for the rest of my life? Is that competitive blood running through my veins when the stakes are at the highest? Am I just looking to get rich and hit a baseball here and there?
I can see all you jerries reading this now. The dudes who played some high school ball or puck back in high school and want to apply their life experiences to this situation and call me a puss for saying the idea of not getting a ring is worth it. Don’t forget that Uncle Eric could hit that right field gap in D3 ball like no other. I went up to Vermont and destroyed some nerds that most likely belonged on a club team, but nonetheless, I did it. And I did it well.
But in a game where your performance is remembered forever in playoff games? The respect of your family and personal opinion rides on your hot or cold streak at the plate for a 5 game series that your team ends up losing and you’re bounced from the first round? (I’m assuming I got drafted by the A’s for some reason). In a game where you can be boo’d for not living up to a contract that 0 of the fans paid for?
$300M to go live in San Diego and play some ball sounds pretty lovely to me. You know what will happen. San Diego will look great on paper coming into every season. “We got a chance!” they’ll say. “Playoffs here we come” the fans will scream. Nah. You’ll be in third place being optimistic about how close you got and excited to increase that 79 win season next year to be let down again. Then they’ll go surfing. It’s a beautiful place to be San Diego. Drove through it once. Good enough to make life decisions based on it.